The Most High
|Other names||Glory to Your Lord in the Highest, The All-Highest|
|No. of verses||19|
|No. of words||72|
|No. of letters||296|
Al-A'la describes the Islamic view of existence, the Oneness of Allah, and Divine revelation, additionally mentioning rewards and punishments. Mankind often hides things from each other and from themselves as well. The sura reminds us that Allah knows the things that are declared and things that lie hidden. The final verse of this Sura affirms that a similar message was also revealed to Abraham and Moses in their scriptures.
One of the companions of Ali said that he prayed twenty consecutive nights behind him and he did not recite any Surah, except Surah A’la. Surat Al-A'lā is among the most recited suras in the Jummah and Witr prayers.
This sura is a Al-Musabbihat sura because it begins with the glorification of Allah.
Imam Muslim relates that Muhammad used to read this surah and surah 88, (Al-Ghashiya), in Eid prayers and also in Friday prayers. If one of the festivals fell on a Friday, Muhammad would have been sure to read these two surahs in the prayers. This is the Makkan sura, first 7 Ayath's (sentences) was revealed in the very first years of Makkan life.
After reading the first aya Muhammad said " on the authority of Ibn 'Abbas that he said concerning the interpretation of Allah's saying (Praise the name of thy Lord the Most High). Include this in the prostrations of your prayers."
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